Oregon vs Utah odds, predictions, betting trends for Pac-12 showdown
Oregon’s No.3 heads to Utah’s No.23 for a prime-time Pac-12 showdown on Saturday.
Kick-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. AND at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City. The game will be televised on ABC.
Oregon (9-1) remains in the top four in the college football playoff standings, and the Ducks can clinch a berth in the Pac-12 championship game with a win over the Utes. Anthony Brown continues to be one of the conference’s most underrated double-threat quarterbacks, and Kayvon Thibodeaux has another chance to flex on the big stage.
Utah (7-3) can take one step closer to a Pac-12 South championship and play spoiler at the same time. Cameron Rising has taken over as quarterback and the Utes are on a three-game winning streak.
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Coaches Mario Cristobal and Kyle Whittingham both built their programs with an inside out approach, and there isn’t much of a statistical difference. The Ducks are road underdogs, which adds to the intrigue. With that in mind, here’s everything you need to know about betting on the Oregon-Utah game:
Oregon vs Utah odds
- Disseminate: Utah -2.5
- Above / Below: 59.5
- Moneyline: Utah -158, Oregon +128
Three trends to know
– The Ducks are 2-0 S / U and ATS as an underdog this season, winning at Ohio State and UCLA. They’re 3-5 S / U as a road underdog since Cristobal took over in 2017.
– Utah are 3-6 ATS as a favorite this season, but the Utes are 4-0 S / U at home this season with impressive conference wins over Arizona State and UCLA.
– Oregon are 6-2 S / U against Utah since the Utes joined the Pac-12. That includes a 2-1 S / U record at Rice-Eccles Stadium.
Three things to watch out for
– Utes’ hasty attack. Utah has hammered its last three opponents with an average of 243.7 yards per game. Tavion Thomas continues to be the star with 742 yards and 14 TDs, but TJ Pledger (502 yards, 5 TDs) and Micah Bernard (428 yards, 2 TDs) contributed. This allowed Rising to be effective in the passing game, and the offense has evolved since its collapse at the start of the season. Oregon has limited their opponents to 3.4 yards per carry this season, and that’s where they need to continue to be successful.
– Anthony Brown. The Ducks lost running back CJ Verdell for the season, but Travis Dye (908 yards, 12 TDs) took the lead and Bryron Cardwell (320 yards, 3 TDs) averaged 7.8 yards per carry in the No. 2. Brown has 551 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. He has been more active in the running game since Verdell’s injury. The Utes have allowed over 200 rushing yards in each of their three losses. That’s a good target number for the Ducks.
– Defensive playmakers. Thibodeaux leads the Ducks with six sacks and 10 tackles for a loss, but Utah has been good on the offensive line. The Utes have allowed just 10 sacks this season. Utah also has an All-American contender Devin Lloyd, who has 20 loss tackles, seven sacks and three interceptions. Will he steal the stage and deliver the big games for Utah?
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Stat that matters
Oregon ranks fifth in the FBS with a 51.6% conversion rate down. That kind of success helps down the road, and Utah allows for a 36.1% conversion rate in the same situation. How will those numbers fluctuate in an all-in situation for the Utes? This is going to be a key development as the game progresses.
Oregon vs Utah prediction
Oregon continues to see its playoff credentials questioned, and that stems in large part from the overtime loss to Stanford. The Utes will test Oregon in the first half, especially with this relentless racing game. But the Ducks offense is a bit underrated here. Ten different players from Oregon have nabbed a TD assist this season, and Brown’s ability to broadcast the football will make a difference. Oregon proves it with another impressive road victory. Do not worry. Revenge could arrive in a few weeks.
Final score: Oregon 31, Utah 24